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Towards Asphalt Mixture Morphology Evaluation with the Virtual Specimen Approach
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Building Materials.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2849-5263
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Building Materials.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0596-228X
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Structural Engineering and Bridges.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3968-6778
2015 (English)In: International Journal on Road Materials and Pavement Design, ISSN 1468-0629, E-ISSN 2164-7402Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The morphology of asphalt mixture can be defined as a set of parameters describing the geo-metrical characteristics of its constituent materials, their relative proportions as well as spatialarrangement in the mixture. The present study is carried out to investigate the effect of themorphology on its meso- and macro-mechanical response. An analysis approach is used forthe meso-structural characterisation based on the X-ray computed tomography (CT) data.Image processing techniques are used to systematically vary the internal structure to obtaindifferent morphology structures. A morphology framework is used to characterise the aver-age mastic coating thickness around the main load carrying structure in the structures. Theuniaxial tension simulation shows that the mixtures with the lowest coating thickness exhibitbetter inter-particle interaction with more continuous load distribution chains between adja-cent aggregate particles, less stress concentrations and less strain localisation in the masticphase.

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Taylor & Francis, 2015.
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Infrastructure Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-164891DOI: 10.1080/14680629.2015.1098561ISI: 000379747600004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84945206184OAI: diva2:806429

QC 20160204

Available from: 2015-04-20 Created: 2015-04-20 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Development of a Morphology-based Analysis Framework for Asphalt Pavements
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development of a Morphology-based Analysis Framework for Asphalt Pavements
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The morphology of asphalt mixtures plays a vital role in their properties and behaviour. The work in this thesis is aimed at developing a fundamental understanding of the effect of the asphalt morphology on the strength properties and deformation mechanisms for development of morphology-based analysis framework for long-term response prediction. Experimental and computational methods are used to establish the relationship between the mixture morphology and response. Micromechanical modeling is employed to understand the complex interplay between the asphalt mixture constituents resulting in strain localization and stress concentrations which are precursors to damage initiation and accumulation. Based on data from actual asphalt field cores, morphology-based material models which considers the influence of the morphology on the long-term material properties with respect to damage resistance, healing and ageing are developed. The morphology-based material models are implemented in a hot-mix asphalt (HMA) fracture mechanics framework for pavement performance prediction. The framework is able to predict top-down cracking initiation to a reasonable extent considering the variability of the input parameters. A thermodynamic based model for damage and fracture is proposed. The results from the study show that the morphology is an important factor which should be taken into consideration for determining the short- and long-term response of asphalt mixtures. Further understanding of the influence of the morphology will lead to the development of fundamental analytical techniques in design to establish the material properties and response to loads. This will reduce the empiricism associated with pavement design, reduce need for extensive calibration and validation, increase the prediction capability of pavement design tools, and advance pavement design to a new level science and engineering.

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Asfaltblandningars morfologi har en avgörande betydelse för deras egenskaper och beteenden. Arbetet i denna avhandling syftar till att utveckla en grundläggande förståelse för effekten av asfaltsmorfologin för deras hållfasthetsegenskaper och deformationsmekanismer och utveckling av ramverksanalysmorfologi baserat på långsiktig förutsägelse. Experimentella beräkningsmetoder används för att fastställa sambandet mellan blandningens morfologi och respons. Mikromekanisk modellering används för att förstå det komplexa samspelet mellan asfaltmassans beståndsdelar som resulterar i spänningslokalisering och spänningskoncentrationer som är föregångare till initiering av skador och ackumulation. Morfologibaserade materialmodeller beaktar påverkan av morfologin på de långsiktiga materialegenskaperna med avseende på skademotstånd, helande samt åldrande, och är utvecklade från data hos verkliga asfaltsfältskärnor. Morfologinbaserade materialmodeller är implementerade i en varmblandad asfalt-( HMA )-brottmekanik-ramverk för förutsägelse av beläggningsprestanda. Ramverket kan i rimlig utsträckning förutspå variationen i ingångsparametrarna ’top-down’ sprickbildningsinitiering. En termodynamiskbaserat ramverk föreslås för skador och brott. Resultaten från studien visar att morfologin är en viktig faktor som bör beaktas för att bestämma respons av asfaltblandningar på kort och lång sikt. Ytterligare förståelse av inverkan av morfologin kommer att leda till utvecklingen av grundläggande analytiska tekniker i design för fastställning av materialegenskaper och belastningars respons. Detta kommer att minska empirism som förknippas med beläggningskonstruktionen, minska behovet av omfattande kalibrering och validering, öka förutsägelseförmågan av designverktyg för beläggningen, samt avancera beläggningsdesign till en ny vetenskaplig nivå och ingenjörskonst.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. ix, 24 p.
TRITA-BYMA, ISSN 0349-5752 ; 2015:2
Morphology, damage, X-ray computed tomography, top-down cracking, fracture, Morfologi, skador, röntgendatortomografi, ’top-down’sprickbildning, fraktur
National Category
Infrastructure Engineering
Research subject
Civil and Architectural Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-164863 (URN)
2015-05-08, B26, Brinellvägen 23, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Translational Program in Diabetes Research, Education and Care

QC 20150420

Available from: 2015-04-20 Created: 2015-04-20 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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